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The Abandonment of Settlements and Regions
Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Approaches

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Catherine M. Cameron, Steve A. Tomka, Martha Graham, Lee Horne, Susan Kent, Glenn Davis Stone, Sarah H. Schlanger, Richard H. Wilshusen, Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, Katina Lillios, Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson, Susan Dublin, Arthur A. Joyce, Sissel Johannessen, Barbara Klie Montgomery, Ricky R. Lightfoot, Robert L. Brooks, Marc G. Stevenson
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  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574693

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  • Groups of people abandoned sites in different ways, and for different reasons. And what they did when they left a settlement or area had a direct bearing on the kind and quality of cultural remains that entered the archaeological record, for example, whether buildings were dismantled or left standing, or tools buried, destroyed or removed from the site. Contributors to this unique collection on site abandonment draw on ethnoarchaeological and archaeological data from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Near East.

    • The first book to focus entirely on abandonment as a site formation process
    • Presents a range of case studies from different parts of the world - not only American coverage
    • Covers both archaeological and ethnoarchaeological studies
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    "This volume is a necessary addition to the library of any archaeologist interested in settlement change. The book is singular in its coverage of archaeological and ethnoarchaeological abandonment processes throughout the world, including case studies from North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East..." Angela R. Linse, Geoarchaeology

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    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574693
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.398kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 17 maps 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of tables
    List of figures
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Abandonment and archaeological interpretation Catherine M. Cameron
    Part II. Regional Abandonment Processes: Ethnoarcheological Cases:
    2. Site abandonment behaviour among transhumant agro-pastoralists: the effects of delayed curation on assemblage composition Steve M. Tomka
    3. Settlement organization and residential variability among the Raramuri Martha Graham
    4. Occupational and locational instability in arid land settlement Lee Horne
    5. Models of abandonment and material culture frequencies Susan Kent
    6. Agricultural abandonment: a comparative study in historical ecology Glenn Davis Stone
    Part III. Regional Abandonment Processes: Archaelogical Cases:
    7. Local abandonments and regional conditions in the North American Southwest Sarah H. Schlanger and Richard H. Wilshusen
    8. An assessment of abandonment processes in the Hohkam Classic Period of Tucson Basin Paul R. Fish and Suzanne K. Fish
    9 Regional settlement abandonment at the end of the Copper Age in the lowlands of West-Central Portugal Katina Lillios
    Part IV. Abandonment Processes Within Sites: Ethnoarcheological Cases:
    10. Abandonment at Zuni farming villages Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson and Susan Dublin
    11. Abandonment and the production of archaeological variability at domestic sites Arthur A. Joyce and Sissel Johannssen
    Part V. Abandonment Processes Within Sites: Archaeological Cases:
    12. Ceramic analysis as a tool for discovering processes of Pueblo abandonment Barbara Klie Montgomery
    13. Abandonment processes in prehistoric Pueblos Ricky R. Lightfoot
    14. Household abandonment among sedentary Plains societies: behavioural sequences and consequences in the interpretation of the archaeological record Robert L. Brooks
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    15. Understanding abandonment processes: summary and remaining concerns Steve A. Tomka and Marc G. Stevenson.

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    Catherine M. Cameron, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Steve A. Tomka

    Contributors

    Catherine M. Cameron, Steve A. Tomka, Martha Graham, Lee Horne, Susan Kent, Glenn Davis Stone, Sarah H. Schlanger, Richard H. Wilshusen, Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, Katina Lillios, Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson, Susan Dublin, Arthur A. Joyce, Sissel Johannessen, Barbara Klie Montgomery, Ricky R. Lightfoot, Robert L. Brooks, Marc G. Stevenson

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